03/26/2013 09:35 EDT | Updated 05/26/2013 05:12 EDT

Istanbul 2020 bid highlights improved transportation, infrastructure investment plans

ISTANBUL - Istanbul is highlighting major improvements to the gridlocked city's transportation system as part of its bid for the 2020 Olympics.

The bid committee says plans include expanded metro and rail lines and the construction of rail and road tunnels linking the city's European and Asian sides.

The statement came Tuesday on the third day of the IOC evaluation commission's four-day assessment of Istanbul's latest Olympic bid.

The Istanbul committee said most athletes would reach venues in 30 minutes or less, with an average travel time of just 16 minutes.

The proposed infrastructure budget for Istanbul's fifth bid is $19.2 billion — 10 times higher than Madrid's $1.9 billion and much higher than Tokyo's $4.9 billion.